Take strides to make strides to end breast cancer.
That will be the goal of those participating in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Lycoming County, which begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at Indian Park in Montoursville.
This year marks the third walk in the area, said Kimberly Kalinyak, income development representative for the ACS' East Central Division, 1420 N. Susquehanna Trail, Susquehanna.
Hughesville cheerleaders make a breast cancer ribbon at last year’s Making Strides event.
Children start the fun run at last year’s Making Strides event.
All of the money goes directly to help those with breast cancer - 40 percent goes to research to end it and 60 percent helps those with breast cancer attain transportation, lodging, wigs, support programs and financial assistance.
"We try to keep as much local as possible," Kalinyak said.
There is no minimum or maximum for team participants or money raised. Individuals and teams can register online at makingstrideswalk.org/lycoming or the day of the event at 9 a.m.
Kalinyak hopes for at least 500 participants, after coming close to that number last year.
After raising just under $35,000 last year, this year's goal is set for $40,000. As of Thursday, the walk raised more than $10,300 online, with more than two weeks left to contribute.
Kalinyak described the 5K as a competitive walk or run that can be an event for the entire family or practice for someone running in other 5Ks.
Plans began back in May to get the word out about the event.
"It takes a lot of time and effort, but it's for a great cause," she said.
This year, the 5K will be more focused on the survivors, such as including a survivors' station, where they can stop by and get a gift.
Yet the event is for more than just survivors and the family and friends of those affected by breast cancer.
"It's for anybody and everybody passionate about the cause," Kalinyak said. "People can come come if they're not involved. It's friendly enough for anyone of any age."
While the 5K will be focused on just that, after it is over, there will be a color guard, a band and raffles.
"It's very Relay-esque," Kalinyak said.
Balloons also will be released again. This year, there will be two colors. White balloons are for the survivors to release and pink can be bought by anyone in memorandum or honor. People can choose to add a name to the card attached to the balloon, but they are not obligated.
"They can let it go and keep it to themselves," Kalinyak said. "I don't want people to feel like they have to."
Anyone who wants to be involved but cannot participate may volunteer by calling Kalinyak at 884-1027, ext. 65180.